Army Threats to Arrest FARC Rebels Puts Peace at Risk (E)
Reported by Morning Star, a socialist daily magazine published in London. “COLOMBIA’S peace process was under threat once again yesterday after the army chief of staff threatened to arrest communist rebels.
UN monitors said earlier this month all 6,900 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas had completed their transfer to demobilisation areas, where they will disarm and re-enter civilian political life.
But General Alberto Mejia said: “Any FARC member found outside the concentration zones will be arrested and charged by the attorney general. If they don’t have any criminal record, they will be handed to the monitoring mechanism on the orders of the army’s High Command.”
A group of FARC members has been arrested inside one of the zones in La Guajira for alleged extortion from local businesses. FARC leader Ivan Marquez demanded the release of Julio Enrique Lemos Moreno, alias “Nader,” saying his arrest was a violation of last year’s peace accord with the government. Morning Star